How music recommendation works — and doesn’t work | Brian Whitman @ variogr.am

A nice blog post summarising many important points.

Can a computer really listen to music? A lot of people have promised it can over the years, but I’ve (personally) never heard a fully automated recommendation based purely on acoustic analysis that made any sense – and I’ve heard them all, from academic papers to startups to our own technology to big-company efforts. And that has a lot to do with the expectations of the listener.

via How music recommendation works — and doesn't work | Brian Whitman @ variogr.am.

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